Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
The Beatles, Get Back (Apple/Disney)
After a manufacturing delay scuttled a release earlier this year, The Beatles: Get Back finally made it to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday. Both presentations offer director Peter Jackson's three-part, 468-minute Get Back on three discs - one part per disc. No additional bonus features have been included, although the packages do come with four photo cards (one per Beatle). Both Blu-ray and DVD boast numerous audio options. The former has Dolby Atmos, 7.1 PCM surround, 2.0 PCM stereo, and 2.0 descriptive audio. The latter features 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo Dolby Digital tracks as well as 2.0 descriptive audio.
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart (7a Records)
Do you remember the feeling? The names of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart have long been inextricably linked with that of The Monkees. The duo penned many of the band's most familiar songs including "(Theme From) 'The Monkees,'" "I Wanna Be Free," "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone," "Valleri," and the chart-topping "Last Train to Clarksville." So when promoters were seeking a Monkees reunion in the mid-1970s, and with Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork unavailable, it's unsurprising that Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz turned to Boyce and Hart - hitmakers in their own right with "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," "Out and About," and "Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend)" - to form a new foursome. Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart released two albums, one studio set and one live album. Now, both of those albums - featuring an assist from top-drawer musicians including the late Keith Allison - are returning to print from 7a Records as a new 2-CD or 2-LP deluxe edition simply titled Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart. 7a's release is up to the label's usual exquisite standards. It's been remastered from the original tapes and will be available in 2CD and 2LP formats. The 2CD set boasts a 40-page booklet with new liner notes and previously unpublished photos, while the 2LP version will be housed in a gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180-gram green, black, and yellow "quad" vinyl. Read more here!
Various Artists, Earl's Closet (Light in the Attic)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Light in the Attic Store
Red Opaque Wax LP: Light in the Attic Store
Clear Wax "Cocktail Party" LP: Light in the Attic Store
Black Vinyl LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Light in the Attic Store
Light in the Attic has unearthed a cache of tapes from tastemaker/scenester Earl McGrath to curate Earl's Closet, a volume with rare and hard-to-find tracks from a wide variety of artists including Daryl Hall and John Oates, Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark, David Johansen, and Terry Allen. The collection is available in a variety of formats, all of which include liner notes by Joe Hagan and mastering by John Baldwin. Read more here!
Call it art-rock, call it punk, call it art-punk...whatever it was, The Mutants had it - as this new compilation amply proves! Curse of the Easily Amused features 14 power-packed nuggets from the Bay Area band recorded between 1978 and 1985 - eight of which have never appeared on LP, CD, or cassette. Every one of the 14 cuts, in fact, has been remixed or sourced from a superior tape to any used in the past, making this release a must-have for Mutants collectors and newbies alike. Liberation Hall's CD release boasts a 12-page fold-out booklet with copious photos as well as new liner notes from Randy Haecker delineating the group's varied influences from Warhol's Factory to John Waters' merry troupe of Dreamlanders, underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar, and San Francisco's own Cockettes. With this release, the merry Mutants are back in action! (Looking for vinyl? No fear, true believers. The LP is due in November!)
Chicago is feelin' stronger every day. The long-running band has just released its latest studio album, Born for This Moment (or Chicago 38, for those who are counting). Produced by longtime Brian Wilson associate Joe Thomas, it's coming on CD and digital formats with a vinyl release due on October 21, and features the lead singles "If This Is Goodbye" and "Firecracker" plus three collaborations with Chicago rock legend Jim Peterik (The Ides of March, Survivor).
Alan Parsons returns with his first new studio album since 2019. From the New World features guest appearances by Ambrosia's David Pack, Joe Bonamassa, and Styx's Tommy Shaw, and is available today on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.
Legacy Recordings brings to CD and digital formats the original cast recording of the Tony Award-winning musical packing houses every night at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre. MJ stars Tony winner Myles Frost as the late Michael Jackson, and the album preserves his renditions of such songs as "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Bad," and "Man in the Mirror."
Broadway's Elizabeth Ward Land (Memphis, The Scarlet Pimpernel) pays tribute to the enduring artistry of Linda Ronstadt with this new release (out digitally today on all download/streaming services and August 5 on CD). Still Within the Sound of My Voice, named for Jimmy Webb's song, features new and varied interpretations of Ronstadt classics including Mike Nesmith's "Different Drum," "Long, Long Time," "Desperado," "You're No Good," and "Blue Bayou."
The guitar hero teams up with the Hollywood Vampire for this set of original songs and covers of John Lennon ("Isolation"), The Beach Boys ("Caroline No," "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)," Smokey Robinson ("Ooo Baby Baby"), and Marvin Gaye ("What's Going On"). Available today on CD and digital, and September 30 on vinyl.